City to host 17 teens during inaugural youth police academy

Jul 05, 2017

Seventeen Mukilteo teens are set to attend the city’s first Mukilteo Youth Police Academy beginning Monday, July 10.

The weeklong program is held Kamiak High School, where the teens will take in skill-building presentations while being introduced to public safety operations.

Classes will include the dos and don’ts of teen dating and safe driving, as well as an employment workshop. These teens will also have the opportunity to be exposed to public safety career fields through practical application and interaction with public safety professionals who perform these duties everyday.

Highlights of the public safety presentations include a K-9 demonstration, first aid and fire safety presentations, a SWAT team presentation, and a crime scene investigations exercise.

“I’m so pleased that young people in our community will have this unique opportunity to explore careers in public safety while learning valuable safety tips and life skills,” Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said.

Chief Cheol Kang said, “Too many times teens’ first contact with law enforcement is the result of criminality or police responding to a complaint involving teens. Unfortunately, this creates an early negative perception of law enforcement and can make it difficult to build positive relationships later.

“The Mukilteo Youth Police Academy is designed to provide an environment that will promote early positive interactions with our young residents that will benefit them as they ascend into adulthood.”

The Mukilteo Youth Police Academy will end July 14 with a graduation at Mukilteo City Hall, as well as a dinner and presentation of Certificates of Completion by Mayor Gregerson and Chief Kang.

For more information, contact Officer Myron Travis at crimeprevention@mukilteowa.gov or 425-263-8100.

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